Etymology
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bionic (adj.)

1901 as a term in the study of fossils, in reference to the quality of an organism that repeats its characteristics in successive generations, from Greek bios "life" (from PIE root *gwei- "to live"). The meaning "pertaining to bionics" is recorded from 1963, with ending ultimately from electronic. The popular sense of "superhumanly gifted or durable" is from 1976, from U.S. television program "The Six Million Dollar Man" and its spin-offs.

updated on October 10, 2022

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